If you do not throw yourself into the breakers, how will you ever meet the one who frolics in the waves? 

--Zen Saying

The Auckland Zen Centre is a Buddhist community supporting authentic Zen practice and training in Auckland City, New Zealand.

 Learn to MeditateZen Meditation Workshops

These workshops are in a two-part format, and include:

  • detailed instructions on sitting and walking meditation
  • how to establish a daily practice at home
  • developing mindfulness in daily life.

After you have attended the introductory workshops you can come to any of the sittings offered by the Centre. The next pair of workshops are 11 & 18 February 2017 (both Saturdays).


  • T-Shirts New AZC T-shirts have arrived! See here for details and picture.
  • Last Day of sittings for 2016: Sunday 18 December will be our last day of sitting. The normal schedule recommences on Tuesday 17 January 2017.
  • Temple Cleaning: This year our Temple cleaning and last day of sitting for 2016 will be Sunday 18 December. We will be giving the Centre a thorough cleaning, ready for our New Year's Eve celebrations.
  • New Year's Eve Ceremony: We bring in the New Year with quiet concentration, clear resolve, and midnight celebrations. The evening begins with zazen, and includes chanting, incense offerings. Celebratory food contributions for our midnight refreshments are most welcome (vegetarian). 31st December, 8 p.m.
  • Urban Training: This is an opportunity to deepen your practice under the guidance of a teacher. Great opportunity for practitioners of all levels. Options are available for part-time participation. Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6 January 2017, daily from 7 am. till 4.30 p.m. 
  • Sesshin: This is a week-long residential silent retreat. It is a unique opportunity to deepen one's practice in a supportive atmosphere. 7 - 14 January 2017, Summer 7-day, Aio Wira.
  • Pilates classes with Hanya. Mondays at 6 p.m., 45 minutes. Followed by optional informal sitting at 7 p.m. By donation. Last day for the year is Monday 12 December. Recommencing on Monday 16 January

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